KURSK AND MELANCHOLY. Finnish Contemporary Art

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Exhibition history 2014-

Markus Copper ’s Kursk tells us about the tragic fate of the submarine Kursk and makes us shiver from strong emotions. The speechless men in the cramped nuclear submarine which is meant to seed death are going towards their own infallible death. The navy soldiers of Kursk are facing the impossible – it is quite clear after seeing the work. There will be also other works from Rovaniemi Art Museum Collection, on the theme of eternity.

Markus Copper’s Kursk tells about the tragic destiny of the submarine Kursk, which raised strong feelings all over. The divers who came to rescue the Kursk crew must face the impossible – it gets very clear beside the art work.

The artist has noted to aim at causing real rumbles to sensitize people every now and then. Characteristic for his art is mechanical motion, motorized constructions and noises torturing one’s eardrums. The background of Copper’s art is often life itself; the encounter of man and nature and the incoherence of life. The ideas for his art he gets from the tragedies touching the mankind, miseries, violence, power, nature destructions and man’s lot to all that. He doesn’t look for compromise or consensus but shows the contradictions that exist in reality all the time.

Maaria Wirkkala makes both small-sized art and large installations. Wirkkala combines various materials in her art works, like stuff taken from nature, glass, plastic animals or furniture. Light, space and time have an important role in her art.

Regularly in Istanbul visiting and working Juhani Tuominen explores the tomb culture of the oriental Ottoman Time as a romantic-visual effect and as a metaphor of the substance of art: as a zone between the existing and the supposed.

Through his art works, Hannu Väisänen tells the beautiful but sorrowful story about Orfeus, which belongs to the Greek mythology. Orfeus played the lyre so gracefully that the rivers stopped flowing and the mountains came nearer to hear better the playing. The story about Orfeus’s love to Eurydike has a tragic end.

Beside Pekka Jylhä’s art works one can think about the mysteries of life, the helplessness of a small individual or the presence of destiny. The artist’s personal experiences of the limitations of life were on the background when these art works created.

Johanna Ilvessalo explores the vulnerability of the life of a human being as a combination of light and reflection. By choosing materials, she pursues the essential qualities of human mind: transparency, hardness and fragility. Her art works also remind of the human warmth.

Pertti Lohiniva deals with time, a theme familiar and present to everyone but still pretty abstract. The question might be about a momentary episode or a thousand years passing by. Time always leaves its traces on everything.

Well-known of his masterful line, Kuutti Lavonen has a human face in a main role in his paintings. The features and expressions of the face have come along the way. The crucial objects of interest for the artist are the stories of religious saints and archangels. Risto Heikinheimo’s art work Night is as it was taken from the collection of a butterfly and flora scholar.


3/7/2015 11:00 AM–10/15/2015 6:00 PM